FAQs About Cat Food
Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about cat food.
1.What Kind Of Food Should I Feed My Cat?
It is important to consider different variables such as age, breed, gender (including whether neutered or not), lifestyle and activity level. No matter what kind of cat food you choose to feed your feline friend, be sure it can provide her with the basic nutritional balance.
Two main types of food available:
Dry food (Kibbles) is usually a bagged kibble. It is the most economical type of commercial cat food. It lasts for a long time and does not need to be refrigerated. Chewing crunchy dry food helps to reduce tartar build up.
Wet food (Canned food) are usually in a solid or soft-sided container with 60 to 80% water. Most cats prefer canned food as it has better aroma, flavour and palatability.
Special foods are available for cats with additional dietary needs such as: kitten, senior, indoor, sensitive and low calorie. Don’t buy kitten food for an adult cat and vice versa. Feeding your cat a species-appropriate diet is the most important thing as her nutritional needs will vary depending on her life stage. Kittens that are growing require pet foods with a higher protein level than most cats to meet their growth requirements. The recommended amount of protein for an adult cat is a minimum of 26% on a dry matter basis, according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). For kittens, this percent rises to at least 30% in order to encourage growth and muscle development, according to Vetinfo.
If the label of food reads “for all life stages”, then it is nutritionally sufficient for kittens and adult cats.
2.Does My Cat Need Premium Pet Food?
In general, a healthy diet with high quality ingredients will be beneficial to your cat. You get what you pay for. Economy brands, in general, are made from the cheapest ingredients available. Their energy values are lower, their proteins are lower-grade, and they may contain dangerous ingredients. Premium cat food use higher quality ingredients from sources with higher biological values. This means better digestibility; therefore your cat will not need to eat as much and will produce less waste.
How to read cat food label?
Read the pet food label carefully before buying. First and foremost, scan the first 3 ingredients. This is to ensure that your cat gets enough good sources of protein. The first three ingredients should be a protein of some sort and ideally not a by-product. Purchase of pet food products containing by-products should be avoided as you never know the source of the meat – the unamed or generic by-products can contain dead on arrival poultry and diseased and dying livestock. Look for named protein source too, such as “chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef,” rather than “meat”. On canned food particularly, the protein source should be the first listed ingredient. It’s important to look for animal-based proteins. Animal proteins are best as they are the easiest to digest and they also contain more of the essential (and non-essential) amino acids your cat requires, according to Petnet.
Pay attention to ingredients such as preservatives (BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin) and artificial colours. They should not in your cat food’s ingredient list.
Guaranteed analysis is the second thing you should look out for when choosing a good cat food. The guaranteed analysis chart lists the minimum and/or maximum percentage of nutrients in a food. Keep in mind that the guaranteed analysis for dry and wet food will look different; The wet food contains much more protein – on a dry matter basis – than does the dry food. Click here to find out more.
3.Is Wet Food Better Than Dry Food?
Both have their own advantages, Dry cat food is easier to store and less likely to spoil when left in the cats bowl. It benefits the cat by reducing the build up of tartar when chewing and is often less expensive than wet food. On the other hand, canned food contains higher water content. It can be a good source of hydration if your pet is the type that is reluctant to drink adequate amounts of water. Wet food is typically about 70 to 80 percent water and it may be a good way to help your cat stay hydrated if she has other health problems.
We recommend feeding your healthy cat a variety of both wet and dry food so that she can enjoy the benefits of both food types. Blended or mixed feeding routines can offer the best of both worlds.
However, if your cat has a medical condition and requires extra water, your vet may recommend only feeding wet food.